Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 09/2007

« A Large Question | Main | Death May Not Be Proud But It Is Honest »

August 20, 2008


michelle k

great images

The Secret

Beauty is the eye of the beholder. Sometimes the story behind the photograph is actually more interesting than the shot itself.



I once met the lady who is the Nurse in this picture. she was very sweet and told me that she had to keep very quiet about her identity for a long time. Her Mother was very upset with her for allowing herself to be photographed and told her not to tell anyone it was her because it was shameful. She told me it wasn't until after she was married and had children that she told anyone she knew that it was her in that picture.

It was interesting to meet someone that is an Icon and no one really ever knew who she was.


This has got to be one of your better blogs. As an avid photography enthusiast, I think it would be great for you to mention an infamous photographer each week. It's simply amazing how a single photograph can convey so much...more so when a caption is not needed.

The comment above me is amazing as well, as far as getting to meet that nurse! How lucky is that!


Love this man's work! Thanks for sharing, Bean!!! And for the history lesson for the day!

cathy g

i love black and white photography. i don't know what it is... just love it.

thanks bean. awesome post.


Bean you also have a gift behind the camera. The pictures you take stir emotions in the viewer. Please show more of your work. Thank you


Hi Bean, interesting post. Coincidently the Long Beach Press Telegram had an article about Edith Shain, the nurse in the picture taken by Alfred Eisenstadt. I know the nurse is not the topic of this post but the story is still interesting. That picture is one of my favorite pictures. It was portrayed a couple of years ago at the "Pageant of the Masters" in Laguna Beach--Beautiful.


I've studied many photographers. I think Eisenstadt is the very best. What a treat to own the beautiful Premiere at La Scala...I burned a lot of time going to the link you provided. Thanks Bean!


A couple of years ago, the BBC put together a great series called "The Genius of Photography". It's a pretty comprehensive history, though I can't recall whether it includes anything on Eisenstadt. I'm not sure if it's available on DVD in the U.S.... I'd certainly never suggest you watch it on Youtube. Nope. Not gonna do it.

The comments to this entry are closed.